December 2018

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Important Updates

Great Start Collaborative Protective Factors Trainings

Mark your calendars now. We will be hosting two different trainings on the Protective Factors in February 2019. The "Beginner's Course" will take place on Thursday, February 7, from 1 - 3 p.m. The "Refresher Course" will be on Thursday, February 28, from 1 - 3 p.m. Both will take place at the Kalamazoo RESA West Campus.

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Quarterly Meetings

Thanks to all who attended our December 6 Great Start Collaborative Quarterly Meeting! We had a wonderful turnout and powerful discussions on the Protective Factors for Families and Professionals. A few lucky winners walked away with these self-care tools. See you on March 7, 2019 for our next Quarterly Meeting.


Early Childhood in the News

Talking is Teaching

We are so excited to bring Talking Is Teaching resources to Kalamazoo County! Many other counties across the country are using these beautiful designed messages from Too Small To Fail to reach families in a variety of settings - from the laundromat to the grocery store, from the church pew to the doctor's office.

This is a wonderful resource for parents of children with all sorts of learning issues. You can experience a "through your child's eyes" simulator or chat with other parents.
"Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey."

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Children Experiencing Housing Insecurity

Sesame Street introduced its first character experiencing homelessness in the hopes of raising awareness and helping children and families. Check out their Sesame Street In Communities website for lots of wonderful resources about any number of challenging topics.



Sarah Drumm, Program Coordinator, 269-250-9635

Marta Lehman, Parent Liaison, 269-250-9665

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